Mexican judge releases son of Jalisco cartel leader

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Posted: Jul 01, 2015 3:01 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico ordered the release of the alleged second-in-command of Mexico's most violent drug cartel, judicial officials said Wednesday. It's the second time the cartel leader's son has been released.

The Federal Judiciary Council said the judge found insufficient evidence to hold Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez for trial.

The judge also ruled federal police had entered his house without a warrant, and the suspects were not immediately taken before a judge or given access to a lawyer.

Oseguera Gonzalez and another man arrested with him on June 23 had faced various charges, including weapons possession and organized crime.

Oseguera Gonzalez was born in California and holds dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship.

He arrested and held for almost a year on similar charges in 2014. A court ordered him released in January 2015, but it was not clear why.

Oseguera Gonzalez bears the nickname "el Menchito," the diminutive of his father's nickname. His father, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, is the alleged leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel and is nicknamed "Mencho," a phonetic derivation of his first name.